Thursday 8 April 2010

2:15 Musselburgh

A small field for this 5f maiden on good to soft ground. (9th April)

Las Verglas Star ran in the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster, clearly looking second string for that contest and apprentice ridden on debut. This grey colt by Verglas showed speed for a couple of furlongs but soon tired and finished down the field. If needing the run, this two-year-old could improve with racing although he would need to do just that as a starting point. In such a small field, and showing limited ability on his only start, this race is far from straightforward.

Fahey's other runner, Mica Mika, was a relatively cheap buy at 8,000euros. This chestnut colt is by Needwood Blade, owned by Mrs Una Towell who done well with the talented Fonthill Road, also trained by Fahey. The betting will probably be the best indication of the ranking of these two juveniles.

Gartsherrie, the last of the trio, is trained by P.T. Midgley. He has trained a number of two-year-olds over the last few seasons and capable of training a winner although often at a limited standard. His general win rate on debut isn't the most impressive but in such a small field with next to no form to assess likely chances it is very much a matter of wait and see.

A difficult race to have any strong opinion.

A watching race.